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Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ Sets Pandemic-Era Record for Indie Box Office

“The French Dispatch,” director Wes Anderson’s tribute to 20th-century magazines, opened at the domestic box office with a robust $1.3 million from only 52 theaters.For platform releases like “The French Dispatch,” which kick off in select theaters rather than in thousands nationwide, the key metric is per-theater average instead of overall weekend box office tally. […]

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‘Dune’ Leaks: High Quality Streaming Copies Hit Piracy Sites Days Before American Release

Warner Bros. Pictures’ $160 million sci-fi spectacle “Dune” could be facing a fate worse than giant sandworms: online leakers.As confirmed by Variety, at least three major illegal streaming sites are hosting HD quality streaming copies of “Dune,” complete with bells and whistles such as English, Danish, Spanish and Arabic subtitles. Beyond that, thousands of users […]

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‘Halloween’ Killed but ‘The Last Duel’ Is Dead as ‘No Time to Die’ Lives On

It’s a strange time for theaters. With a $50 million opening weekend for “Halloween Kills,” that means the Universal title won’t have Premium Video on Demand play for 31 days… but how meaningful is that when the Blumhouse sequel is already available free to Peacock subscribers?Even with home access, it still grossed only $5 million […]

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Venom: Let There Be Carnage Scores Biggest Box Office Opening Of 2021 So Far

Those symbiote appetites know no bounds. Just one day after Sony estimated that “Venom: let There Be Carnage” would finish its opening weekend box office at $71 million, the movie has now far exceeded those numbers and scored the biggest domestic debut of the year so far. Variety reports that “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” has […]

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Scarlett Johansson & Disney Reach Settlement On ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

In July, longtime Marvel Cinematic Universe actress Scarlett Johansson filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Disney, leading to a bizarre and rather sexist response from the studio. Johansson claimed that Disney pivoting to a hybrid release placing “Black Widow” on Premiere Access on Disney+ (for a separate fee from subscription) hurt her potential earnings/bonuses […]

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Scarlett Johansson and Disney Settle ‘Black Widow’ Pay Lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson and Disney have reached a settlement over her blockbuster lawsuit that accused the studio of sabotaging the theatrical release of “Black Widow” to prop up Disney Plus.Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Johansson had sought a $50 million payout from the studio.“I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” Johansson […]

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‘Shang-Chi’ Keeps Rolling In Top Spot With $13.3 Million, Passing ‘Black Widow’ As The Top Hit Of 2021; ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Disappoints

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continued to own the September box office this weekend, easily holding onto the top spot in North America for the fourth consecutive frame. The Disney superhero tentpole racked up another $13.3 million in North America, bringing its total domestic haul to $196.5 million, putting it ahead of […]

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Box Office Milestone: ‘Shang-Chi’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Domestic Pic of Pandemic Era

Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings continues to dazzle at the box office.The Marvel Studios and Disney pic achieved a major milestone on Friday when hitting $186.8 million in domestic ticket sales, the highest gross of the pandemic-era despite the challenges posed by the delta variant. The record previously belonged to fellow Marvel […]

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